A collaborative web tool to enrich content.
$ easy_install lxml simplejson cherrypy jinja2 redis $ python andoc.py $ open 'http://localhost:8080'
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The idea of andoc is the enrichment and analysis of a wide range of content.
Like wikipdia or etherpad/gobby, it is a collaborative tool where many users can work on the same content at the same time. However, andoc is not about creating content but aims to enrich existing data with a specific set of metadata.
In the second step, andoc is analyzing the collected metadata and provides the user with dynamic visualisations to access and navigate the content.
This is especially helpful with larger sets of data.
The main metadata in andoc is the concept of an "event". An event usually consists of a place and a time and agents (or persons) present at the event.
Therefore one aspect of andoc is to identify these elements in the existing data.
Let's take a snippet from a mail conversation:
We left Warren at Dean Gate, in our way home last night, and he is now on his road to town. He left his love, &c., to you, and I will deliver it when we meet. Henry goes to Harden to-day in his way to his Master's degree. We shall feel the loss of these two most agreeable young men exceedingly, and shall have nothing to console us till the arrival of the Coopers on Tuesday. As they will stay here till the Monday following, perhaps Caroline will go to the Ashe ball with me, though I dare say she will not.
and enrich the content:
(p) is a person, (d) a date, (l) a location and (e) an event.
We left <Warren[p]> at <Dean Gate[l]>, in our way home <last night[d]>, and he is now on his road to <town[l]>. He left his love, &c., to you, and I will deliver it when we meet. <Henry[p]> goes to <Harden[l]> <to-day[d]> in his way to his Master's degree. We shall feel the loss of these two most agreeable young men exceedingly, and shall have nothing to console us till the arrival of the <Coopers[p]> on <Tuesday[d]>. As they will stay here till the <Monday[d]> following, perhaps <Caroline[p]> will go to the <Ashe ball[e]> with me, though I dare say she will not.
Andoc would then know about the existence of:
- Dean Gate
- last night
- Ashe ball
In the actual interface the user should be provided with additional tools, so that "Monday" or "to-day" in the context of this document would actually represent a real date.
Since some of the steps can be done with the help of natural language processing, andoc aims to provide automatic processing of the data as well.
The afford to enrich the documents, should lead to a direct improvement for the users:
Provide additional information about person, places and events from sources like wikipedia along the data. Context matters.
Visualisation of semantic relations, social networks, related data and events.
Grouping of related data based on event, place or person.
Timeline of events and data.
Geographical presentation (map) of events and data.
All those presentations should be updated constantly as the enrichment process progresses.
Contact me on twitter @endpnt
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